The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly Journal Containing a Retrospective View of Every Discovery and Practical Improvement in the Medical Sciences ..., Parts 40-41

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W. A. Townsend Publishing Company, 1860 - Medicine


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Page 289 - ... 1. That the notion so long prevalent in the schools, that acute disease can be prevented or cured by means which depress and reduce vital and nervous power, is altogether fallacious. 2. That acute disease is not curable by the direct influence of any form of drug or any known remedial agent, excepting when it is capable of acting as an antidote, or of neutralizing a poison, on the presence of which in the system the disease may depend (materies morbi).
Page 80 - The leading and characteristic features of the morbid state to which I would direct attention are, anaemia, general languor and debility, remarkable feebleness of the heart's action, irritability of the stomach, and a peculiar change of colour in the skin, occurring in connection with a diseased condition of the
Page 119 - In acting upon this mode, the surgeon may place the tip of the forefinger of his left hand upon the bleeding mouth of the artery which he intends to compress and close; holding the needle in his right hand, he passes it through the cutaneous surface of the flap, and pushes it...
Page 123 - Ligatures. 6th. Such dangerous and fatal complications are less likely to be excited by the employment of Acupressure, seeing the presence of a metallic needle has no such tendency to create local suppurations and sloughs in the wound, such as occur in the seats of arterial Ligatures. And 7th. Hence, under the use of Acupressure, we are entitled to expect both, first, that surgical wounds will heal more kindly, and close more speedily; and secondly, that surgical...
Page 291 - Our usual prescription is one grain of opium, one grain of ipecacuanha, and five grains of nitre ; this must be given every two, three, or four hours, according to the urgency of the symptoms, and the need the patient has for opium.
Page 266 - ... annihilate one another whenever they meet together in the organism; the stronger disease, namely, annihilates the weaker, and that for this simple reason, because the stronger morbific...
Page 265 - This fundamental homoeopathic law, as stated by him, amounts, as we have often already seen, to this—that to effect the cure of diseases, we should in every case give " a medicine which can itself produce an affection similar to that sought to be cured.
Page 320 - Storks' bill. He gives, in the Medical Times and Gazette, the following directions for its use :—The mode of preparation is, to infuse an ounce of the dried plant (every part of it,) in three pints of water, stewing it in an oven until two pints remain. The dose for an adult is four or five fluid ounces three times a day; probably more may be needed in some cases.
Page 226 - We have symptoms of the same kind as we see towards the close of every lingering disease, betokening the failure, first of one power, then of another ; the flickering of the taper, which, as all can see, must soon go out. The appetite becomes more and more capricious, and at last no ingenuity of culinary skill can tempt it ; while digestion fails even more rapidly, and the wasting body tells but too plainly how the little food nourishes still less and less. The pulse grows feebler, and the strength...
Page 149 - ... appropriate constitutional treatment I applied a thick, wide circle of paint round the swelling, and dressed with resin ointment and cotton wool. There was no advance of the disease from that time, the centres rapidly broke up, and recovery took place. It is, however, probable that the omission of the warm poultice may have contributed to the improvement, for I have often observed that warm poultices, however well made, seem to foster and spread carbuncular inflammations. The paint seems to act...

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